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Patriots Ravens Betting Tips – Patriots, Ravens Look To Bounce Back

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/20/2012 7:40:55 PM

A late touchdown opportunity dropped and missed field goal allowed the New England Patriots to escape with a narrow win over the Baltimore Ravens in last year’s AFC Championship game. After coming out on the opposite side of that situation in a shocking week two loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Patriots might be able to understand some of what the Ravens spent the entire offseason thinking about. Baltimore has had this week-three Sunday Night Football matchup circled on its calendar since the regular season schedule was released, as avenging last year’s elimination will be at the top of the list heading in to this sports betting clash of AFC powerhouses.

New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday September 23, 2012 – 8:20 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
NFL Betting Line: Baltimore Ravens -3

The Ravens are also coming off a close loss in a game they felt they should have won, as a couple of unfavorable calls helped the Philadelphia Eagles escape with a 24-23 win over Baltimore last week. However, that is still no excuse for Ray Lewis and a defense that allowed 486 total yards in that defeat, something this team hasn’t taken lightly.

NFL Betting Preview: New England Patriots

New England had every opportunity to complete the comeback and salvage what would have been their 12th home-opening win in as many years as Gillette Stadium, but a lack of urgency, rhythm, and coordination on offense as well as a late missed field goal were the difference in a 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. While concerns over Wes Welker’s role in the offense and the play of the offensive line remain high, the Patriots brought back free agent wide receiver Deion Branch and signed tight end Kellen Winslow to help make up for the absence of the injured Aaron Hernandez. New England’s defense was a weak spot a year ago but has looked great through its first two games. The problem has been an offense that hasn’t been able to get on track, something Tom Brady and company won’t have an easy time doing this week if the Ravens’ defense can bounce back.

NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens

Although they did allow close to 500 yards of total offense, it should also be noted that the Baltimore defense forced four turnovers and could have very well finished off the game if it wasn’t for a poor missed call late in the game that should have resulted in an intentional grounding penalty against Philadelphia. The bigger concern is an offense that looked good in its opener but struggled to generate many big plays against the Eagles, although tight end Dennis Pitta has emerged as one of the most reliable targets on the offense for quarterback Joe Flacco. Running back Ray Rice ranks among the premier rushers in the NFL, and will look for another big performance with the spotlight at its brightest on SNF.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

As hard as it is to believe that New England dropped its home opener to Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals, it isn’t about to get any easier this betting week either. The Ravens are a talented team that should be 2-0 right now, and they have been absolutely dominant at home under head coach Jon Harbaugh. Look for this game to go back and forth for a while before the Baltimore offense finally gets going and puts it away in the second half while the defense is taking care of Brady and company.

NFL Betting Pick: Baltimore Ravens

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